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The Beanies’ Newcastle connection


Novocastrian Michael Yore is taking the children’s entertainment industry by storm.

As a member of The Beanies, he inspires children right across the country through the band’s podcast, music and infectious energy.

Yore describes the group as a “musical adventure for kids with big imaginations”.

“When we write our music, we are really trying our best to explore play, imagination and storytelling, so all of our songs really try to tell a story but also push the boundaries of imagination,” he said.

“It’s incredibly fun working with The Beanies, we’ve been able to create our work for a young audience and connect with them.”

Growing up in Merewether, Yore developed his passion for the performing arts in high school.

After graduating, he moved to Sydney to start university and pursue his dream, working as an actor and performer.

“I had a passion for it in high school and, when I finished school, I started university and was always acting and performing on campus and then I realised I really loved it,” he said.

Yore hopes in the future he will be able to perform with The Beanies in Newcastle, on home ground.

The Beanies, Laura Dawson, Michael Yore and Miriam ‘Mim’ Rizvi.

The band, comprised of Yore, Miriam ‘Mim’ Rizvi and Laura Dawson, has marked several milestones since forming in 2016.

The group won the Australian Podcast of the Year – Kids and Family award for their podcast and were nominated for an Aria award last year, up against artists like The Wiggles and Dan Sultan.

Yore said they’ve even had the honour of performing with The Wiggles.

This week, the band released a new single, titled Quarantunes.

The incredibly catchy song offers a positive take on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The band hopes that the song will flip the narrative for children who might be picking up on their parent’s stress or feeling nervous about coronavirus.

The Beanies want to help kids and families celebrate the fun part of quarantining by partying around the living room singing quarantunes and busting quaranmoves.

“It’s not an entirely grim time for everybody, we just wanted it to be upbeat, fun and super catchy and hopefully bring a smile to a lot of people,” Yore said.

The group also live stream a concert every Monday at 4pm on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Yore said they started these ‘Couch Concerts’ as a way to still perform live and interact with their audience.  

Visit The Beanies website for more information about the band.

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